Abuse Claims the Power of Life and Death Over Others
The killing of a mother and her two daughters by an evil, wicked “husband/father” in Ohio is still weighing on my mind today as additional facts are being reported in the news. Appended to the end of this post is an excerpt from one of the news accounts. Lessons, lessons, lessons — these kinds of abusers so often have a history, either kept secret or totally distorted for the purpose of deception. Are we saying that Katherina Allen was foolish. No. We have all been deceived by the evil of the abuser. But we can learn from this tragedy and so many others like it. Kevin Allen had a history of evil. A long history of violence and threats against his wives and others. It would be helpful if we could learn about how he conned Katherina, how they met, what he told her, how much was withheld from her, and so on. But we may never know. We can probably pretty accurately theorize however, as we have seen this thing play out so many times before.
Power and control. That is what it is all about. Think about it. How does murder come into this picture? Well, I suggest that the ultimate power and control is the power of life and death. Only God has that power. Only God can give life, and God alone specifies how life may be taken away. No human being possesses in themselves the right or power of life and death. But the abuser, in agreement with his father the devil (John 8), insists that he is entitled to this ultimacy of power. HE will declare if his victim will live or die. This is what lies behind his threats – “if you ever try to leave me, I will kill you and the kids.” He sets himself up as God.
Hebrews 2:14-15, “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
Satan, you see, is always out to usurp God. “I will be like the Most High.” So he keeps his slaves in the fear of death, using that fear to control them. He declares himself to be the master of life and death. This is largely why Jesus said of him:
John 8:44, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Kevin Allen set himself up as god to his wife and children. His reign was one of fear and terror. He kept them in bondage, keeping them wondering if he would grant them the right to live one more day of their lives. And when they said “no more” to him, he exercised his entitlement to power over them. He took a shotgun and murdered them, and said “I am the Most High.”
The consolation we can take is knowing that there is a true Most High God, whom Kevin Allen has now met, and found himself to be nothing before Him.
Police records dating back nearly 20 years painted a picture of Kevin Allen, married at least three times, as a violent man with a history of threatening wives and others. Just two days earlier, Katherina told police in their hometown of Strongsville that she had left her husband and taken their daughters after “an incident” on Easter and was afraid to go home to collect their belongings.
Katherina Allen “stated that she has not been getting along with her husband and decided to take the kids and stay with a friend,” according to the Tuesday police report.
“Initially she wanted to pick up some items from the house, but decided not to because it would make him mad if police responded,” the report said, adding that Katherina wanted to document “verbal altercations” the couple had been having.
“I’m having some spouse problems,” Katherina Allen tells the dispatcher in the 911 call.
The dispatcher then asks her if Kevin Allen owns any weapons or is armed. She says her husband had told her he’d gotten rid of a shotgun, but she had seen him with shotgun shells. She also told the dispatcher that Kevin Allen was calling one of her daughters in the restaurant.
At the end of the call, Allen says, “He’s here and the police are here, too. I have to …” She then stops speaking.